This gorgeous sweep of coast is peppered with national parks and great beach camping opportunities, some of them FREE. At night enjoy the sound of the ocean beneath a canopy of stars. Fresh seafood (oysters, prawns, fish) can be caught from the beaches and rivers or enjoyed in the restaurants all along here.
We suggest finding yourself a beautiful place to camp and slip into the gentle rhythm of the lifestyle. If you have the time, spend a couple of days exploring this region.
The largest towns along this stretch of coast are Ulludulla, Bateman's Bay, and Narooma where you can find everything you need - a supermarket, restaurants, cafes, fishing gear and surfboard and kayak hire. Mollymook, though smaller, will have most of these services too.
Summit hike: 5 km return - 2.5 hrs.
While travelling along the Princes Highway you may have noticed a mountain with a bulbous summit to the west. This is Pigeon House Mountain in Morton National Park, and climbing it will give you glorious uninterrupted views of the entire region. The walking trail begins 25 km west of Milton or Burrill Lake. Pigeon House Mountain Didthul walking track is one of the best walks on the south coast, through forest, heathland and ancient sandstone before the challenging and fun part – climbing a series of ladders that lead you to the summit and the view.
View of Pigeon House Mountain. Photo: xplore sydney
The climb up Pigeon House Mountain. Photo: twomelbourneexplorers
View from Pigeon House Mountain. Photo: emilyrosebarr
Pigeon House Mountain. Photo: ellgreyphoto
Just south of Booderee National Park and wrapping around beautiful Tabouri Lake and Termeil Lake, Meroo National Park is full of wonderful walks and free camping opportunities. It's great for fishing, too.
There are three campgrounds within the national park. All have toilets but now showers. But with the ocean at your doorstep and fresh lakes to swim in, you can last quite a while without a shower here.
Meroo National Park. Photo: dyl robo
Meroo National Park. Photo: emilychansard via IG
This large coastal national park has some great beachside camping opportunities with the friendly kangaroos. To help you enjoy the landscapes and wildlife, there is a great network of walking trails, lookouts, and picnic spots.
Murramarang National Park Camping
The national park has four campgrounds, three of them suitable for campervans. All have showers and toilets.
Eurobodalla National Park stretches from Moruya Heads in the north to Potato Point in the south. The landscapes are different from Murramarang - rugged coastlines, headlands covered with coastal scrub, and secluded beaches.
Narooma is a pretty seaside town on a blue tree-lined inlet flanked by great surfing beaches. Though it's a beauty in its own right, it is also the jumping off point for another beauty - Montague Island.
The national park island is home to seabirds, fur seals and penguins (September to February). If you volunteer to help with penguin research you might be able to stay on the island overnight in the lighthouse keeper's quarters at a discount. Three-hour guided tours are conducted by the park rangers and need advance bookings.
You can also snorkel or scuba dive with the playful seals! Depending on the season, 400 to 2,000 inquisitive fur seals inhabit the granite rocks of the island. You can book this unforgettable experience through Island Charters Narooma, Lighthouse Charters Narooma and Narooma Charters. These companies also do fishing charters, whale watching tours (winter and spring), seal viewing tours, and Grey Nurse Shark dives.
Narooma seal. Photo: dutchadventurer via Instagram.
Swimming in the ocean at Narooma. Photo: shobes22
Just a little south of Narooma is a secluded little campground by Mystery Bay shaded by natural bush and with views to Montague Island. It is called Mystery Bay Council Camp and it is very reasonably priced. Mystery Bay is a little hamlet, one of those places to chill out, forget the time, and live the castaway life. Little sandy bays can be found all around here to the south, and they are surrounded by natural bush.
Mystery Bay. Photo: karstanandmaxine via Instagram
Mystery Bay at dusk. Photo: alexdolstra
Mystery Bay is surrounded by natural bush. Photo: selenajoy
This is part of our 14 day Sydney to Melbourne Drive. We give you a day-by-day itinerary with a list of things to do and see along with the best walks, beaches and places to camp in your campervan, including some free camping so you can make your budget go further.
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